A group of students at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., turned their professor’s own cellphone policy against him in an April Fools’ prank for the books.
Macroeconomics professor Stephen Barrows insists that anyone whose phone rings during class must answer it — on speakerphone. So when a student’s phone rang on April 1, she answered the call, only to have her (fake) pregnancy test results announced to her classmates. Barrows’ reaction is priceless — before (and after) finding out it was just a prank.
“We wanted to prank him because we have a great relationship with him and we knew he would enjoy a good joke,” Josh Weiland, one of the students who orchestrated the prank, tells Mashable. “His classroom environment is very open and relaxed, which makes students comfortable to ask questions.”
Weiland adds that Barrows’ cellphone policy had never actually been enforced previously; this was the first time a student’s phone rang in class.
Don’t feel too bad for Barrows, though. It turns out the prank was just karmic retribution. Before the students pulled the pregnancy prank, Barrows attempted to fool his class by announcing a pop quiz.
“I think ours was a little better,” Weiland joked.
We’re guessing Barrows may scrap his cellphone rule for the rest of the year.